So this morning my phone beeped away to remind me that there’s but three weeks to Worldcon, which triggers a metric buttload of anxiety in me because I’m so not ready for Worldcon to be three weeks away yet. Especially since it marks the imminent arrival of house-guests in two weeks, my parents return to the country in one week, and the attendance of the most excellent Trent Jameison’s book launch in twenty-four hours. The hours, they are running away from me, and it is only be checking the calender twice daily that I remember what I’m meant to be doing at any given time.
In any case, today’s entry on the calender demands I remind of two things you may wish to swing by the dealer’s room and pick up at Worldcon (if you’re in attendance) or pre-order for the home-delivery goodness (if you’re not).
So that unicorn book I wrote? A bunch of people were all “more please” and I was all “What? For reals? Well, okay” and now Miriam Aster is on the case again. There’s less unicorn this time (possibly, like, none) but there is a talking cat and a boogie-men and dapper ex-cop mentors and a considerable amount of, well, bleeding. And as the blog title says – bugger subtlety. And modesty. Buy my new book people, for I am rather proud of it and I have rent that needs paying (and ’cause I really want to write the third book, and sales mean the publisher says “yes” when I pitch the next odd idea).
For your edification, I give you the blurb:
For ten years ex-cop Miriam Aster has been living with her one big mistake – agreeing to kill three men for the exiled Queen of Faerie. But when an old case comes back to haunt her it brings a spectre of the past with it, forcing Aster to ally herself with a stunt-woman and a magic cat in order to rescue a kidnapped TV star from the land of Faerie and stop the half-breed sorcerer who needs Aster’s blood.
Ten years ago Miriam Aster learnt a simple lesson: when a faerie asks you to kill someone, the worst thing you can say is sure. Today she’s about to learn that worse things can happen when the past refuses to stay behind you.
And seriously, how can you say no to that cover? Preorders are available now for $12 plus postage.
Item the Second: Sprawl
And should you be in the market for a fine collection of short fiction rather than a hardboiled fey-noir novella, may I recommend the rather fine Sprawl anthology that’s also avialable for pre-order and choc-full of Australian sub-urban fantasy stories.
Once again, their is blurbage:
Sprawl is an exciting new original anthology, edited by Alisa Krasnostein and published by Twelfth Planet Press, that will give readers from around the world a unique glimpse into the strange, dark, and often wondrous magics that fill the days and nights of Australia’s dreaming cities and towns, homes and parks, and most of all, its endlessly stretching suburbs.
Table of Contents
- Liz Argall/Matt Huynh – Seed Dreams (comic)
- Peter Ball – One Saturday Night, With Angel
- Deborah Biancotti – Never Going Home
- Simon Brown – Sweep
- Stephanie Campisi – How to Select a Durian at Footscray Market
- Thoraiya Dyer – Yowie
- Dirk Flinthart – Walker
- Paul Haines – Her Gallant Needs
- L L Hannett – Weightless
- Pete Kempshall – Signature Walk
- Ben Peek – White Crocodile Jazz
- Tansy Rayner Roberts – Relentless Adaptations
- Barbara Robson – Neighbourhood Watch
- Angela Slatter – Brisneyland by Night
- Cat Sparks – All The Love in the World
- Anna Tambour – Gnawer of the Moon Seeks Summit of Paradise
- Kaaron Warren – Loss
- Sean Williams – Parched (poem)
Current Writing Metrics
Consecutive Days Writing (500+ words): 3
New Short Stories Sent Into the Wild: 9/30
Rejections in 2010: 15/100
Black Candy Word Count (Finish Date: 31st August)